I am owned by 3 Huskies a Labrador, a Beagle, a Corgi, cross breed, 2 Boerboels, two pigs and two horses. I decided to complete a Dog Behaviour Course from the Ethology Academy recommended by the South African Board for Companion Animal Professionals (SABCAP). I am a professional member of SABCAP certifying me as a dog behaviour consultant. I completed practical work with Gill Painter a well known Animal Behaviour consultant and trainer of the industry. And learned a lot from my mentor Kirsten Frisch a Certified Professional Dog Trainer from America. I have done practical training with Kirsten at Buddy's Chance LLC in Texas as well as attended a nose work class and a workshop in reactive dogs at the training centre in Austin, Texas.
To further my knowledge I have completed the full Professional Dog Training and Behavior course of Raising Canine LLC of the USA. Raising Canine provides content-rich, remote education opportunities for animal behavior consultants. I am also the liaison for Raising Canine LLC here in South Africa for professional dog trainers and behaviour consultants.
I specialize in Husky behavior as have have done extensive research and work with the breed including rehoming and rehabilitating over 50 Huskies, working with clients huskies as well as my own and learning about them in Alaska both in 2008 and 2011.
My training is based on scientific learning theory on how animals learn and incorporated with clicker training.
I completed (June 2011) a clicker training horse course in England with International Horse clicker trainer Alexandra Kurland and a TTeam clinic in May 2011 with Catherine Williams. I have done a 1 year course in Equitation Science with From The Horses Mouth with Tacita Chas Giemre in 2012. Based on work from Andrew McLean and Paul McGreevy from Australia on learning theory and horse behaviour including both practical and theory training.
I have attended a clinic of Andrew McLean in 2012. I have presented numerous dog behavior and training workshops as well as clicker training workshops for horse and dog owners. I have also been a guest on the Expresso Show on SABC3 in 2012 as well as a guest on the radio Talk Show in the States called, "The SibeVibe" talking about Huskies and training in 2013.
In 2014 I worked along side my friends and fellow dog trainers Kirsten and Amber at their centre "The Gentle Canine LLC" in Durango, Colorado, USA for 2 weeks. We worked with a service dog, including a trained Cadaver dog (searching for human remains), we also did nose work and worked on general behaviours as well as dog to human aggression.
I run and own a successful positive reinforcement training facility since 2008, dog day care and boarding kennels as well as a dog shop and grooming parlour with imported and local goodies. We offer regular dog training and behaviour seminars here at dog-care-centre. I started learning how to mush with dogs in the beginning of 2007. In 2009 my husband and I started All Breeds Sledding club after visiting my friends in Fairbanks, Alaska learning more about the dog powered sport in 2008. We have since revisited Alaska in winter of 2011 and met with Iditarod musher Jeff King and World renown sprint musher Egil Ellis.
Me with Egil in his dog yard October 2012
Me with Jeff King in his dog yard.
I am a published author of Winter Dogs; Living with Huskies as Pet dogs. My publisher is Strategic Publishing Group. I am also the published author of Shaping Your Dog-The Positive Way. I am a Free lance writer for Animal Talk Magazine.
My husband and I along with our 2 boys Logan and Luke share our home with our dogs, cats and bunnies.
I was also involved with Husky Rescue S.A. with, rescuing, rehabilitating and re homing of the breed as well as fund-raising. At the moment I assist with fostering Dachshunds for Cape Town Dachshund Rescue.
I am also a associate member with MUSH with P.R.I.D.E.
I learn each day, but would like to share with you what I have learned through, training, experience, books, mentors and my dogs. I make use of force free positive reinforcement including clicker training. I have also recently started to complete a diploma in dog grooming.
I used to work as a qualified beauty therapist (ITEC) and it still comes in handy when I need to cut little Logan's nails or the dogs toe nails...LOL.
Michelle is our general manager.
Michelle has many years of experience as a pet shop manager and carriers a wealth of information regarding dog food and has received a certificate as a dog nutritionist from Montego. She also has a lot of experience when it comes to fish and birds and their specialized care. She has completed a dog training course and a diploma in dog grooming from Blackford Centre for dog grooming in the UK.
Michelle is dedicated to her work and values every client and their dogs needs.
Lindie is our kennel assistant here at the centre . She is a positive and friendly face always patient with animals and loves spending time with them. She is currently working mostly with our kennel dogs, taking care of their needs.
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Louise Basson on the Expresso Show talking about Huskies and Husky Rescue 2012.